Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

State of Origin: NSW Blues prepare to attack inexperienced Queensland backs as they head to enemy territory

Michael Carayannis The Blues are set to go after Queensland's inexperienced backline including Will Chambers and Dane Gagai.

State of Origin: NSW prop Aaron Woods to put Queensland forward pack to the test

Shaping up: Aaron Woods, right, and David Klemmer prepare to take on the Maroons.

Michael Carayannis NSW front-rower Aaron Woods says the Blues forward pack has little choice but to "go after" Queensland's Matt Scott as Woods braces for a hostile reception in Brisbane.

State of Origin: Blues halfback Mitchell Pearce speaks of anxiety before Origin recall

Support: Mitchell Pearce feels comfortable in his NSW skin.

Michael Carayannis Flashes of anxiety started to fill Mitchell Pearce's mind as he inched towards an Origin recall.

State of Origin: Suncorp Stadium holds no fears for Blues, says Ryan Hoffman

Not intimidated: Ryan Hoffman during training in the NSW Blues' camp ahead of Origin III.

Michael Carayannis The Blues overcame their Suncorp Stadium scars with a win to kick-start last year's series.

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State of Origin: Injured Blues hooker Robbie Farah closing in on D-Day as NSW return to training paddock

Race against time: New South Wales hooker Robbie Farah.

Michael Carayannis Robbie Farah could be ruled in or out as early as Saturday.

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State of Origin: NSW winger Brett Morris says Queensland can only expect "respect" away from the field

Michael Carayannis The "respect" Queensland veteran Corey Parker craved was given too often by the Blues players in the past according to NSW winger Brett Morris.

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NRL late mail: Jamie Soward good to go for Penrith Panthers' clash with South Sydney Rabbitohs

Expected to play: Penrith's Jamie Soward.

Michael Carayannis A corked thigh is not expected to keep Penrith half Jamie Soward on the sidelines for the Panthers' clash with South Sydney on Friday night.

State of Origin: Robbie Farah hopes to train by Saturday

Strapped up: Hooker Robbie Farah had his hand well bandaged when he arrived at the Blues' training camp in Coffs Harbour.

The strapped hand of Hooker Robbie Farah who arrived in Coffs Harbour after hand surgury today to begin training in the NSW Blues Origin squad training camp
in preparation for game 3 the decider
against the Queensland Maroons .

Michael Carayannis 'I'm not in a lot of pain': NSW hooker says he can already hold a football and shake hands after surgery on Tuesday.

State of Origin: Michael Ennis lends NSW Blues half Trent Hodkinson a helping hand during dark times

Michael Carayannis Michael Ennis may no longer be the Bulldogs skipper but he continues to lend a helping hand at his former club.

State of Origin: NSW hooker Robbie Farah banned from flying to Blues camp

No fly rule: Robbie Farah at the NSW team announcement on Tuesday.

Michael Carayannis The Blues Origin preparations have been thrown into further uncertainty with Robbie Farah refused permission to board a flight to join his teammates because of recent surgery.

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State of Origin: NSW Blues look to shield David Klemmer from Queensland hostilities

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter Paul Gallen has moved to shield rookie David Klemmer from the fallout from Origin II with the Blues skipper calling Klemmer to ensure he does not get caught up in the pre-Origin hype.

State of Origin: Robbie Farah has surgery to enable Origin return

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30:  Robbie Farah speaks to media during the New South Wales Blues State of Origin team announcement at Revesby Workers Club on June 30, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis, Brad Walter With the series up for grabs at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday, the NSW vice captain will go to extraordinary lengths to take the field.

State of Origin: Blues name Robbie Farah as the hooker battles injury

Josh Reynolds will travel to Coffs Harbour with the Blues.

Michael Carayannis Robbie Farah has been named at hooker for NSW despite the Blues vice-captain facing an uphill battle to play with a broken hand.

State of Origin: Loophole enables Michael Ennis to replace Robbie Farah for NSW Blues

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21:  Michael Ennis of the Sharks in action during the round 15 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis and Brad Walter On Monday afternoon, Laurie Daley was staring down the barrel of a hooking crisis. Then came the news that gives him an out.

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State of Origin: Robbie Farah hopes to play for NSW Blues with broken hand

Robbie Farah of the Wests Tigers.

Michael Carayannis Robbie Farah has answered an impassioned plea from NSW coach Laurie Daley to test out his broken hand with the Blues vice-captain holding out hope he will be fit for next Wednesday's decider.

NRL referees boss Tony Archer backs no-try calls in St George Illawarra's loss to Parramatta

Correct call: Chris McQueen, Bryson Goodwin and Greg Inglis celebrate Goodwin's try on Friday night.

Michael Carayannis Referees boss Tony Archer has backed two decisive calls which went against St George Illawarra in their 16-12 loss to Parramatta on Saturday night.

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Sydney Roosters Dylan Napa closing in on Queensland debut

Michael Carayannis Dylan Napa could be Queensland's answer to David Klemmer with the Sydney Roosters hard man putting his hand up for a debut Origin jersey.

Sydney Roosters' Michael Jennings stars in victory over Gold Coast Titans

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 28: Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Roosters scores a try during the round 16 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans at Central Coast Stadium on June 28, 2015 in Gosford, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis Not even a boom gate would have stopped Michael Jennings in the first half on Sunday afternoon with the Roosters centre scoring a try and setting up another to help his side to a 20-10 win against...

Manly coach Geoff Toovey left confused over Bryson Goodwin try for Souths

Good score: Bryson Goodwin of the Rabbitohs, left, is congratualted by Greg Inglis after his try.

Michael Carayannis Manly coach Geoff Toovey has been left stumped by a decision to allow a try to South Sydney's Bryson Goodwin in the second half.

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